Posted by Neil Bennett 04 July 2014
New Intel chips named after Game of Thrones characters
One of Intel’s next generation of chips – Xeon Phi – is codenamed Knight's Landing, which is a perfect excuse for some processor-themed Game of Thrones punnage. Here we imagine what other Intel chips would be like if they were named after GoT characters.
- Hodor – Only does only one thing, but does it consistently.
- Littlefinger – Tells you it’s doing one thing. Does another
- Brienne of Tarth – Powerful but won’t fit in your laptop. Or your desktop.
- Ned Stark – Gets more powerful over time. Then dies.
- Tyrion Lannister – Small and surprisingly powerful. Liquid cooled.
- The Mountain – Powerful but does whatever it wants. But are you going to argue with it?
- Joffrey Baratheon – A weak chip prone to crashing that you installed by accident but can’t get rid of.
- Arya Stark – Small, surprisingly quick. Fits easily into a male or female socket.
- Daenerys Targaryen – Destined for great things but you’ll have to fit a case on it for the second season.
- Jon Snow – Ineffective unless ice-cooled.
The new Xeon Phi chip is Intel’s largest and also most powerful chip package to date. In nerd terms, it can deliver over 3 teraflops of peak performance, which is in the range of chips used to crunch complex math calculations in the world’s fastest computers.